Well, he hit a line drive that was caught, and he drew a walk. All in all, not a bad first day back for Ken Griffey, Jr.

Not a bad day for the Reds, either, who won the game against the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning. Todd Coffey got the win with a scoreless inning.

Offensively, Rich Aurilia hit a home run, which concerns me because Miley doesn’t need much prompting to make Aurilia the starting SS on Opening Day.

The only Red with more than one hit? Dane Sardinha, who continues to press for the backup catcher slot that should rightfully go to Bobby Estallela.

On the mound, Eric Milton was okay (six hits and one run in three innings), but could someone please put Jeriome Robertson out of my misery?

Reds play the Phils on Friday afternoon. Looks like there will be no radio coverage.

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  1. Steve

    Aurilia also had a sacrifice fly, which only alarms me since such a big deal was made about Dunn’s lack of 2004 sacrifice flies…which is nothing more than an anomaly.

    Yes, they blamed it on his lack of contact, but it’s not like he didn’t hit fly balls all season. It was a statistical fluke, and that was it…but, since contact is a hot button, who knows what’s being discussed.